Re: Re: november concern

Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 10:18:24 MDT

Brian wrote:

>Extropians who can vote:

> Vote for Brown and be careful to preserve your athiest right to
>non-christianity. Thank you, good luck

Unfortunately since the democrats have made taking away my Second
Amendment rights an issue, Harry won't be getting my vote this

While I can understand, in theory (I certainly don't want to intiate another non-productive gun control thread), the concern over potential limitations on gun ownership, I'd think that the potential threat to personal freedoms presented by the Republicans would be of a more serious nature to any transhumanist/Extropian. Even ignoring the overtly religious stuff pushed even more by the Republicans than the Democrats, some of the Republican positions directly challenge our control over our own lives. For instance, the Republican insistence that the government has a right to control reproduction by outlawing abortion strikes directly at personal rights of the most fundamental nature. Such attitudes don't auger well for Republican attitudes on implementing more radical technologies that might upset conventional sensibilities. Similarly, Bush's objections to physician-assisted suicide, expressed during the recent debate, reflect a lack of respect for our individual right of self-de!
termination. I don't know exactly where the Democrats stand on our right to determine how we die, but it seems apparent the Republicans see a role for government in that arena. Compared to these challenges to our most basic personal freedoms, something like a ban on assault weapons seems like small potatoes.


Pat Inniss

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